Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thank You

When I began this blog in December, I was at a turning point in my teaching career.  I knew that I needed to make changes to my teaching practice if I was to continue being relevant and effective. I began this blog as an exploration, a way to document my learning as I transitioned into a teacher for this millennium.   I hoped that perhaps a few people might visit.  I didn't even anticipate that someone might want to comment back.  That part of blogging was not in my schema.  My blog began as a personal piece of writing, done for myself to help clarify my thinking and mostly to help me understand how to use blogs as a tool for my students.  When I began,  I had no idea how blogging was going to change my life.

As the 5000 page visit was passed this week, it is time for me to reflect on what has happened and to extend an enormous and very humble thank you to ...

Class 62 my homeroom and classes 61, 63 and 5/6G.  You are exceptional students. I have learned so much because of you.  Thank you for jumping on board and being willing to take risks as we explored new ways of learning.  It has been exciting and at times chaotic. Not everything we've tried has gone well, but you've stuck with me and shared your insights which I've been able to pass on to others.  I don't think the level of energy and engagement has ever been as high as it has been this year.  My blog could not be written without you!

My colleagues at Dundas Central.  You've been receptive and willing to visit my blog, discuss and even challenge what I've been attempting to do.  Most of all you've been so very, very encouraging.  Your questions and suggestions have sent me farther down a path of  learning.  Dundas Central has an exceptional staff. I am privileged to work with you.

My developing global network. This I never, ever expected.  I had no idea that a blog was not writing in isolation, but a multi-directional conversation.  Through Twitter, Classroom 2.0, Linked In and Facebook I've met truly exceptional people who are unbelievably generous and willing to share all that they know.  This is the difference between the private sector and education.  Nothing is proprietary. Every single good idea or resource or skill is readily shared.  Without this network to answer my questions and provide fantastic  resources, my blog could not have developed the way it has.

My readers. Every single one of you who has taken time to visit, read, comment, share insights, make suggestions, further develop the conversation and  share my words with others ... you have no idea what this has meant to me  ... thank you.

To those colleagues who've quietly let me know that they have been inspired by my work, that what I am doing is causing them to reflect on their own practice, that my writing has meaning, thank you.

To the pioneers, the trailblazers, the educators who are taking risks and pushing the envelop because they know there is a better way and who are sharing that push for us to follow ... thank you.

To my husband who has been a sounding board for my ideas, who has asked the provocative questions, who   wired my classroom so that I could have multiple computers, who gave us a scanner, routers and a laptop so that Hub21 could happen,  who shows up to fix things that stop working ... thank you.

To my daughters whose eyes glaze over now when I mention the word "blog",  who've had to cook many a meal on their own as I devoted hours to figuring out how to use Web20 resources ... thank you."

To my sister, Karen Siwak,  my other sounding board ... an exceptional one ... who said, "You know, I really think you need to be on Twitter."

To Jared Bennett who got me started on this road ... I know ... where was I three years ago ... when you were diving into this technology and we were teaching partners?  I'm here now Jared, blogging away.  Thanks for giving me so much of your time to explain yet again how things work.

It has been a remarkable journey so far, I can't wait to see what comes next. Thank you folks!

1 comment:

  1. You are certainly here. And pushing envelopes, and breaking barriers, and driving innovation forward. It's exciting to watch; I'm jealous of your new teaching partners. Every building needs a few trailblazers, pushing their colleagues to think a bit differently.

    You're it.


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